Alex Soltani founded Skyview Capital in 2005 and is Chairman of the firm’s executive and investment committees. He is a serial entrepreneur and started his first business when still a student at UCLA. Mr. Soltani brings extensive operational experience to his work in private equity. His strong business acumen and prescient investment instincts have led to successful acquisitions across a number of different industries. In 2014, the LA Business Journal declared Mr. Soltani one of the most influential private equity investors in Los Angeles County. Mr. Soltani is actively involved with every aspect of the transaction life cycle and plays a significant role in all of Skyview Capital’s investments.
Prior to the formal establishment of Skyview Capital in 2005, Mr. Soltani worked at Platinum Equity, a multi-billion dollar Los Angeles-headquartered private equity firm specializing in corporate divestitures, public-to-private transactions and private sales. Skyview Capital was the first of a number of private equity firms created by former Platinum executives. Prior to joining Platinum, Mr. Soltani established and operated All Digital Communications, a nationwide B2B wireless telecommunications firm where he forged long-term alliances with the largest national wireless carriers.
Mr. Soltani serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for all current Skyview Capital portfolio companies. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sourceone Wireless Group, and Collins Enterprise Solutions. Mr. Soltani also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Fastech Integrated Solutions, PAS Technologies, TRM Copy Centers, and Amvest Financial Group.
Mr. Soltani holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a sought-after guest speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, mergers & acquisitions and corporate divestitures at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and at financial conferences.
Jared Cohen leads all corporate finance transactions and capital markets activities for Skyview Capital portfolio companies, as well as manages relationships with capital providers, corporate sellers and investment banks. In addition, he negotiates and executes Skyview Capital acquisitions and divestitures.
Prior to joining Skyview Capital, Mr. Cohen worked in investment banking in both New York and Los Angeles. In New York, Mr. Cohen worked for Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. In Los Angeles, he worked for Credit Suisse and Barclays. Mr. Cohen has executed more than $10 billion of transactions across equity, equity-linked, loan, bond and mergers and acquisitions transactions across technology, media, telecommunications, industrial, consumer/retail and real estate. In addition to his time in investment banking, Mr. Cohen spent two years as Vice President of Corporate Development at Triton Media Group, a portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management.
Mr. Cohen earned a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.B.A from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Matt Thompson oversees business operations and strategy at various Skyview Capital portfolio companies including his previous roles as the SVP of Corporate Development at NewNet Communications Technologies and as Chief Strategy Officer for Mimio LLC.
Mr. Thompson brings nearly two decades of experience in private equity, finance, consulting and operations. Prior to joining Skyview, he worked with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises, with a specialization in the telecom, media, and high technology sectors. He was Vice President of Finance at The Gores Group where he served on the Board of J Mendel Inc and led the Audit Committee. He also served as Director in the Communications Media and Entertainment group of FTI’s Corporate Finance practice in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Mr Thompson worked as a Director in the Business/Corporate Development group of Sony Pictures Television International where he completed over $600 million of acquisitions and divestitures of media assets across the globe.
Mr. Thompson earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School and a B.A. in Biology and Economics from Pomona College. He is also a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor and has published featured telecom and restructuring articles in TMA Topics and AIRA Journal. Mr. Thompson currently serves as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association.prev